14 May 2007

22 candidates nominated in French Polynesia for French assembly

6:07 am on 14 May 2007

A total of 22 candidates have been nominated in French Polynesia for next month's election of two members of the French assembly.

The two current members, Michel Buillard and Beatrice Vernaudon, are standing again but Mrs Vernaudon no longer has the support of the ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party and its French UMP backers.

She will stand against 10 others in the eastern electorate, including the Tahoeraa's Bruno Sandras.

In the western electorate, Mr Buillard, who is also the mayor of Papeete, is being challenged by 10 other candidates , including three local party leaders.

They are the leader of the opposition Tavini Huiraatira, Oscar Temaru;

the Rautahi leader, Jean-Christophe Bouissou, and Nicole Bouteau of the No Oe e Te Nunaa.